In another cruel unexpected loss of 2016, yet another musical icon and one of the most unique and distinguished voices, George Michael, has passed away. Ironically he died on Christmas Day due to suspected heart failure, but it was Wham’s take on “Last Christmas” that became a holiday favorite.
Michael – who was born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou – sold more than 100 million albums globally, earned numerous Grammy Awards, and recorded duets with Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Luciano Pavarotti and Elton John, among others during a career spanning almost four decades. His last album, Symphonica, was released in 2014.
In a statement, Michael’s publicist said: “It is with great sadness that we can confirm our beloved son, brother and friend George passed away peacefully at home over the Christmas period. The family would ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult and emotional time. There will be no further comment at this stage.”
Lets check out the classic video for “Careless Whisper” which features one of the most enduring saxophone riffs of all time…